Nowadays, there are lot of android application for OpenStreetMap Data Collector. Each application provide some excellent features such as editor tool, validation tool and data collection. One of the application that we use recently is OSMTracker. This application allows us to record our track, save waypoints and take photos and videos (geotagging). The output of our recording can be export into GPX file format and we can open it through JOSM or upload it directly into OpenStreetMap website.
To use this application, we need to insatall it first through Android AppSotre. You can accesss this application on your android smartphone and then type “OSMTracker” in search box or you can download it directly through this link. After success install OSM Tracker, there are some setting you need to do :
Now OSMTracker is ready to use. To get started, activate GPS feature in your device and in main page, choose plus icon (+) on the top of the application to start tracking.
You will be directed to Track Logger page. If you haven’t activate GPS feature in your device, OSMTracker will tell you to activate the feature. In top of the page, you can see how good the accuracy you get and how much the gps signal strength from your smartphone. One thing to remember, you cannot access all the features in Track Logger if this application still does not get your position. You can recognize that if you haven’t see any accuracy information in top of the page. If your accuracy still more than 10m, I suggest you to not do tracking yet. If you insist to do that, you will have very bad result. It would be very far away from your actual position.Wait until your accuracy less than 10m.
For mark waypoints, you can directly choose the object icons in Track Logger page. For example, if you want to map a restaurant, you can choose Amenity icon and then choose Restaurant. But, in OSMTracker you cannot give additional information like the restaurant name, the owner, the address, etc. To give additional information, you must choose Text note icon in Track Logger page.
If you want to save your tracking result, you can go to Diskette icon in the top page. After that, you can see the track result in Tracklist in The Main Page of OSMTrackker. You can see your track result with OSM background with these steps:
You will be directed to OpenStreetMap track display. In this page you can see various symbol. The blue line is your tracking line, the yellow star symbol is the waypoints and the yellow people symbol is the end of your track.
In Track Detail page you can also change the name of your tracklog, give description of your track, add tag, export your track into GPX file format, and also change the type of your file (whether it is Private, Public, Trackable or Identifiable). If you want to convert your track log into GPX to open in JOSM, you need to convert through icon in Track Detail page. OSMTracker will convert your track into GPX format and save it in internal storage of your smartphone (with assumption you didn’t change the folder name and the path in application setting). In this Track Detail you can also upload your Track log in OpenStreetMap using these steps:
Adding OSM Tracker Data into JOSM
After succedd to upload OSM Tracker data in GPX file format to OpenStreetMap website, now we are going to learn how to add that file into JOSM that can be used as a background to help us mapping in OpenStreetMap. These are some steps that you can follow :
Now, you have learned about how to use OSMTracker as an alternative for GPS. Now it is your turn to use it on the field. Happy Mapping!